December 26th, 2014
Mets Beat Writer Anthony DiComo gives us a preview of what a Mets playoff roster could look like. I really do believe that 2015 will be a playoff year for the New York Mets, and that they have more assets than everyone thinks that they do. They are a prime shortstop away from a World Series caliber year. Yes, I just said Mets and World Series in the same sentence!
Imagine if the Mets had made the playoffs this season. Given so many season-ending injuries and so much roster uncertainty, constructing a capable playoff roster would be a monumental task. Here’s a stab at what one might have looked like:
Catcher: Anthony Recker, Juan Centeno
Travis d’Arnaud had surgery earlier this week to remove a bone chip from his right elbow, in what sounded like a painful injury. It’s doubtful d’Arnaud would have been able to contribute to the playoff push, leaving the Mets stuck with Recker and Centeno. Top prospect Kevin Plawecki, even if ready (he’s not), would not have been eligible for the postseason roster.
Infield: Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy, Wilmer Flores, David Wright, Ruben Tejada, Eric Campbell
A monster plot line would have been Wright’s left shoulder health heading into the playoffs. Assuming an in-contention Mets team would have shut their third baseman down at the…
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The MLB Network Face of MLB challenge returns this January! Last year, David Wright took home the awards as the Face, but this year, strong competition and a not-so-good year for Wright makes his odds of winning extremely slim.
Since it’s the day after Christmas, however, let’s be positive! Here are three reasons why David Wright might win Face of MLB!
1) If Eric Sogard can do it, so can David Wright- You have to remember that this is a Twitter contest, not the MVP award. One team can win by doing a Twitter giveaway contest, but only if you vote. This is how Eric Sogard snuck through the cracks in 2014. If you don’t know who Eric Sogard is, neither do I.
2) New York fan base vs (other) fan base- The road to success in this contest is to make sure that you never face a “big-money” franchise. As long as your not facing St.Louis, Los Angeles or Boston, the New York team will win, because, the fans are there. Even if they are hiding in the dark, the Mets have fans.
3) People like David Wright- Wright is a likable guy, even when he is bad, he’s always up there on the All-Star Game ballot.
All in all, I enjoy Face of MLB.Why? When Face of MLB ends, the Spring Training schedule begins, I like how the event is co-ordinated, as it makes you see the light at the end of a long tunnel. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Lead Writer: Niko Goutakolis